Dispatch from Baku – Assembly of Parties

The third session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties, hosted by Azerbaijan, came to a fruitful close today with the unanimous adoption of four resolutions and the Baku Declaration.

The annual forum brought together 130 delegates from 43 countries, including Deputy Heads of State and Ministers, as well as the European Union and Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption.

The plenary on Wednesday opened with a letter from H.E. Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, delivered by H.E. Fuad Aleskerov, Chief of the Law Enforcement Department of the Presidential Administration. The welcome addresses of Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, Zakir Garalov, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan, and H.E. Panthep Klanarongran, President of the Bureau of the second session of the Assembly, followed suit.

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The Chairperson of the Board of Governors, H.E. Margarita Popova, extended her warm welcome as well and presented the Board’s report on the progress of IACA’s activities over the past year.

Zakir Garalov, Azerbaijan (EEG) was elected for the Presidency of this session, H.E. Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, Malaysia (Asia-Pacific Group) and H.E. Veysi Kaynak, Turkey (WEOG) for the Vice Presidencies, and H.E. Armin Ernesto Andereya Latorre, Chile (GRULAC) and Olusola Akinrinade, Nigeria (African Group) for the Rapporteurs.

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Budgetary issues were a key element of deliberations and the call for financial ownership was echoed by the Executive Secretary, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, and a number of state officials.

Member States reaffirmed their commitment to IACA’s mandate, commended its achievements, and pledged to facilitate the implementation of the Work Programme 2014 – 2016, unanimously adopted in Bangkok last year. The budget for 2015 also found the consensus of the room.

During the high-level segment, the delegates of Azerbaijan and Nigeria announced contributions to IACA’s general budget in the amount of 150,000 EUR and 150,000 USD, respectively. Romania and the Russian Federation vowed to continue providing annual contributions to the general budget, while other States Parties offered support in the delivery of Master programme modules and tailor-made trainings.

The session was complemented by Azerbaijan’s traditional hospitality as well as side events at the country’s ASAN Service and the Anti-Corruption Directorate.

The next session of the Assembly of Parties is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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